Uganda: L’Ouganda et le Kenya vont bénéficier d’une aide de € 34 millions pour venir en aide aux réfugiés et nouveaux arrivants sur leur territoire

Source: European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda

La Commission a annoncé aujourd’hui une aide de € 34 millions pour venir en aide aux personnes déplacées en Ouganda et au Kenya.

« Le Kenya et l’Ouganda figurent parmi les premiers pays d’accueil de réfugiés en Afrique, comptant des millions de réfugiés dans le besoin. L’UE se montre solidaire et s’engage à soutenir les réfugiés les plus vulnérables. Notre nouvelle aide permettra de porter secours aux personnes déplacées déjà présentes en Ouganda et au Kenya, ainsi qu’aux nouveaux arrivants », a déclaré Christos Stylianides, commissaire européen à l’aide humanitaire et la gestion des crises.

Comptant près d’1,5 million de réfugiés – principalement originaires du Soudan du Sud et de République démocratique du Congo – l’Ouganda est le premier pays d’accueil de réfugiés de toute l’Afrique. De l’aide annoncée aujourd’hui, € 24 millions iront à l’Ouganda pour répondre en priorité aux situations d’urgence et aux nouvelles arrivées de déplacés, et plus particulièrement à l’afflux de réfugiés sud-soudanais et congolais. L’aide de l’UE va permettre d’organiser d’urgence des soins de santé, une aide alimentaire, un accès à l’eau et l’assainissement, une protection, et une éducation en contexte d’urgence, au moyen de programmes d’apprentissage accéléré pour les enfants dont l’éducation a été interrompue par le conflit et les déplacements.

Les réfugiés en Ouganda ont le droit de circuler librement et de travailler. Ils ont aussi droit à un terrain pour construire un logement et cultiver des vivres. Cependant, la politique progressive de l’Ouganda vis-à-vis des réfugiés est de plus en plus sous pression en raison de l’ampleur de la crise et les services publics sont dépassés tandis que les terres disponibles sont de plus en plus rares. Rien qu’en 2017, la Commission européenne a contribué € 65 millions d’aide humanitaire aux efforts de réponse aux besoins fondamentaux des réfugiés. € 20 millions supplémentaires ont été débloqués du Fonds fiduciaire d’urgence de l’UE en contribution aux efforts d’autonomisation des réfugiés.

Les € 10 millions d’aide restants iront au Kenya, en soutien aux réfugiés vivant dans les camps de Dadaab et Kakuma. Ces fonds serviront notamment à fournir une protection aux catégories de population les plus vulnérables, et à donner aux réfugiés un accès à une éducation primaire de qualité. L’aide de l’UE viendra aussi soutenir des programmes visant à atténuer les effets de la sécheresse durable dans certaines régions du pays. L’aide allouée au Kenya vient s’ajouter au € 1,5 million de fonds annoncé en mai pour venir en aide aux victimes des inondations qui ont ravagé le pays.

Le Kenya accueille toujours plus de 450 000 réfugiés, originaires pour la plupart de Somalie et du Soudan du Sud. En outre, les chocs climatiques récurrents et durables y ont provoqué des crises alimentaires et nutritionnelles. Bien que le nombre de personnes souffrant d’insécurité alimentaire ait baissé (de 3,4 millions en 2017 à 2,5 millions en 2018), la situation demeure désastreuse dans les comtés arides et semi-arides. Depuis 2012, l’UE a fourni plus de € 130 millions d’aide humanitaire au Kenya.

Publication date 21/06/2018

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Uganda: EU announces €34 million in humanitarian aid to Uganda and Kenya

Source: European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda

European Commission – Press release

Brussels, 21 June 2018

The Commission has released today €34 million in humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable populations in Uganda and Kenya, with a special focus on displaced populations in both countries.

“Kenya and Uganda are among Africa’s major hosts of refugees, with millions urgently needing assistance. The EU stands in solidarity and is committed to support the most vulnerable refugees. Our new funding will help both those already displaced and the new arrivals into Kenya and Uganda,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

Out of the funding announced today, €24 million will go to Uganda, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. The assistance will prioritise emergency situations and new arrivals among displaced populations, with a special focus on the many refugees from South Sudan and the increasing influx of Congolese refugees. EU aid will provide emergency health and food assistance, water and sanitation, as well as protection and education in emergencies through accelerated learning programmes for children whose education has been disrupted by conflict and displacement.

€10 million in emergency assistance will go to Kenya to support refugees living in Dadaab and Kakuma camps, providing protection to the most vulnerable, as well as granting access to quality primary education. EU assistance will also support programmes to tackle the consequences of the prolonged drought in parts of the country. The assistance in Kenya comes on top of the €1.5 million released in May to assist the victims of the flooding that wreaked havoc in the country.

Background

EU humanitarian support in the two countries goes hand in hand with longer-term development strategies to find durable solutions and support the self-reliance of refugees.

With nearly 1.5 million refugees (mostly from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo), Uganda is the largest recipient refugee country in Africa. Refugees in Uganda are free to move and work and are entitled to land to build a home on and grow food. However, Uganda’s progressive refugee policy is under increasing pressure due to the scale of the crisis, and services are overstretched while available land is dwindling. In 2017 alone, the European Commission allocated €65 million in humanitarian aid to meet the refugees’ basic needs, in addition to €20 million from the EU Emergency Trust Fund to help refugees gain more self-reliance. The funding aims to address both emergency and early recovery needs.

Kenya continues to host more than 450,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia and South Sudan. Additionally, recurrent and prolonged climate shocks cause food and nutrition crises. The EU has allocated over €130 million in humanitarian assistance to Kenya since 2012.

Uganda: Uganda and Kenya will receive aid package of €34 million to help refugees and new arrivals

Source: European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda

Today the Commission announced an aid package of €34 million for displaced people in Uganda and Kenya.

“Kenya and Uganda are among Africa’s major hosts of refugees, with millions urgently needing assistance. The EU stands in solidarity and is committed to support the most vulnerable refugees. Our new funding will help both those already displaced and the new arrivals into Kenya and Uganda,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

With nearly 1.5 million refugees – mostly from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo – Uganda is the largest refugee host country in Africa. Out of the aid package announced today, €24 million will go to Uganda, prioritising emergency situations and new arrivals among displaced populations with a special focus on refugees from South Sudan and the increasing influx of Congolese refugees. EU aid will provide emergency healthcare, food assistance, water and sanitation, protection, and education in emergencies through accelerated learning programmes for children whose education has been disrupted by conflict and displacement.

Refugees in Uganda are free to move and work and are entitled to land to build a home on and grow food. However, Uganda’s progressive refugee policy is under increasing pressure due to the scale of the crisis, and services are overstretched while available land is dwindling. In 2017 alone, the European Commission provided €65 million in humanitarian aid to meet the basic needs of refugees, in addition to €20 million from the EU Emergency Trust Fund to increase the self-reliance of refugees.

The remaining €10 million in assistance will go to Kenya to support refugees living in Dadaab and Kakuma camps, providing protection to the most vulnerable groups, as well as granting access to quality primary education. EU assistance will also support programmes to tackle the consequences of the prolonged drought in parts of the country. The assistance in Kenya comes on top of the €1.5 million announced in May to assist the victims of the flooding that wreaked havoc in the country.

Kenya continues to host more than 450 000 refugees, mostly from Somalia and South Sudan. Additionally, recurrent and prolonged climate shocks cause food and nutrition crises. Even though the number of food insecure people has dropped from 3.4 million in 2017 to 2.5 million in 2018, the situation remains dire in counties with arid and semi-arid lands. Since 2012, the EU has provided over €130 million in humanitarian assistance to Kenya.